Full-Time MBA Program

Experiential Learning

It Doesn’t Get More Real
At the Merage School, you have plenty of opportunities for translating knowledge into action. Our field projects and competitions are unique from those offered at other MBA schools. For example, companies who would have otherwise hired professional consultants have long turned to the Merage School for MBA business expertise. And in our competitions, students can not only win money, but they can make money as well.

The Merage MBA Applied Consulting Project
As a second year student, you can participate in the Merage MBA Applied Consulting Project where you will be asked to address current business challenges in southern California-based global companies. You will work in a team, directly with company employees on a 10-week corporate project, while receiving guidance from a faculty expert. Ann-Marie Steffa, 2016 Merage School graduate, says this about the Applied Consulting Project: “My classmates have loved to work on real-time projects in major companies because we see the value in the theories and case studies we have learned. I have found that having exposure to both experts and leaders in the field is a great talking point to leverage in interviews with prospective employers."

The Business Plan Competition
One way to make your dream a reality is to enter The Business Plan Competition. Open to all UC Irvine students, faculty and researchers, coaches and teams compete for substantial cash prizes and gain recognition for the most compelling business plans, as well as receive potential seed financing of up to $1 million. The winners of the 2015 competition received $15,000 to launch their new business and are now actively formalizing their company.


The Paul Merage School of Business offers seven Centers of Excellence that provide numerous opportunities for you to collaborate, work, and learn from business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship fosters a connection among researchers, visionaries, business leaders, and venture capitalists. You can become involved in one of the many exciting programs offered through the Center, and enhance your own entrepreneurial tendencies. Programs offered include a business plan competition, a venture capital investment competition, an entrepreneurial skills workshop series, a breakfast speaker series and one-on-one consulting.


UCI Long US-China Institute offers comparative and interdisciplinary expertise about the interaction between business and law in the U.S. and in China. It seeks to understand how public and private law influence business behavior, but also how business operations shape the content and meaning of such law.

Center for Digital Transformation brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines to study social and managerial issues related to technology. Researchers are currently studying how web services impact business, how companies can embrace technology and how IT transforms the way we live, work and play. The Center is supported by such organizations as IBM, Microsoft, Conexant, Canon, Intel, and the Department of Defense.

Center for Global Leadership and Team Development enables you to enhance your business and leadership skills. Through a variety of programs, the Center allows you to develop personal and managerial skills, to work directly with an executive mentor and to learn valuable lessons in leadership and ethics. One of the most notable programs offered by the Center is the Distinguished Speaker Series, which brings prominent C-level speakers to campus. Recent speakers have included the president of the Disneyland Resort and the CEOs of Mattel, Allergan, Ingram Micro and Volvo Cars of North America.

Center for Health Care Management and Policy communicates important health care issues from financial, marketing, organizational, technological, legal and economic perspectives. If your career has a health care focus, you will benefit from our lengthy record of innovation and discovery in the health care industry. Programs offered through the Center include an annual Health Care Forecast Conference and a health care industry speaker series.


Center for Investment and Wealth Management embraces the complexities of creation, management and intergenerational transfer of wealth. We draw on expertise from business leaders and university scholars as we mentor, teach and advise students in the community. The Center provides the impetus for discussion and study of critical industry issues. You can also specialize your MBA through our elective course offerings in Financial Planning, Investments and Wealth Management.

Center for Real Estate serves as a forum to discuss and solve current and future real estate industry issues. It is the only one of its kind in southern California that is fully incorporated within the business school. Programs offered through the Center include a breakfast speaker series and an annual lifetime achievement award. Courses are offered through the business school in real estate finance, capital markets and development. Additional courses are offered through affiliated faculty members in areas such as urban planning, environment, legal issues and public policy.